Rudd joins Maguire in Miramax’s ‘Cider’

Baker also signs on for coming-of-age pic

Paul Rudd has joined Tobey Maguire in Miramax Films’ adaptation of John Irving’s novel “The Cider House Rules.”

Kathy Baker also has signed to be in the pic, set to be helmed by Lasse Hallstrom from Irving’s screenplay.

Maguire stars as Homer Wells, a young man who has grown up in an orphanage and sets out to gain experience in the world. His journey takes him to an apple orchard where he meets a young black woman and falls in love.

Rudd will play Wally Worthington, an Army pilot who is home on leave due to his father’s death and takes Wells under his wing.

FilmColony’s Richard Gladstein is producing “Rules,” which goes before the cameras Sept. 8 in Massachusetts. FilmColony has a production deal with Miramax.

Rudd, who was repped by ICM and attorney Debby Klein, is co-starring opposite Helen Hunt and Kyra Sedgwick in Nicholas Hytner’s legit production of “Twelfth Night” at Lincoln Center.

The Kansas native’s most recent feature credit was starring opposite Jennifer Aniston in Hytner’s “The Object of My Affection” for 20th Century Fox. Rudd’s previous feature credits include roles in Amy Heckerling’s “Clueless,” Baz Luhrmann’s “Romeo + Juliet” and John Patrick Kelley’s “The Locusts.”

ICM also reps Baker. Her credits include the series “Picket Fences” and the pics “Inventing the Abbots,” “To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday,” “Mad Dog and Glory” and “Edward Scissorhands.”

Bobby Cohen, Miramax senior VP of production, is overseeing the pic for the Disney-owned indie. Gladstein and Cary Meadow, Miramax senior VP for business and legal affairs, repped the studio in the negotiations.

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